Success Stories

As a leading public law school, the Allard School of Law has a responsibility to offer extraordinary academic programs, to conduct ground-breaking and solution-oriented research, and to create a form for public debate and discussion. Both public and private funds are necessary to build a vibrant centre focused on the future of the legal profession and the role of law in promoting a just, sustainable and prosperous society. The thoughtful generosity of alumni, law firms, foundations, corporations, and other supporters helps to ensure our continued success.

Watch a special video that highlights the impact of supporting our outstanding students and talented faculty members.

Below is a listing of recent gifts to the Allard School of Law.


From left to right: Front row: Clifford G. Proudfoot, Managing Partner,
Kinji Bourchier, Partner. Back row: Brad Armstrong, QC, Partner,
Dean Catherine Dauvergne, Lisa A. Peters, QC, Partner,
John Smith, Partner. Brad, Lisa and John are adjunct professors,
Kinji is the President of the Allard Law Alumni Association, and Cliff
provides leadership over the firm’s participation with the law school.

Lawson Lundell LLP

In 2018, Lawson Lundell LLP donated $450,000, of this $375,000 will establish a new faculty position, and $75,000 will provide funding for a $15,000 annual entrance scholarship.

Hiring in the area of business law is a strategic priority for the law school.  The Lawson Lundell UBC Professorship in Business Law will expand the number of faculty members affiliated with the Centre for Business Law at the Allard School of Law.  This position will enhance the Centre’s ability to offer outstanding educational programs to support students’ learning in business law and the advancement of business law scholarship through leading-edge research.  In 2011, Lawson Lundell LLP established an entrance scholarship in the firm’s name, the first full-tuition scholarship supported by a law firm.  The firm’s renewed commitment of this important award enables the Allard School of Law to continue to recruit the best and brightest students and to address the issue of access to legal education.

“We have always been impressed by the high caliber of graduates that come out of the Allard School of Law, and often look to this talented group of students to join our firm,” said Clifford Proudfoot, Managing Partner of Lawson Lundell LLP. “We are equally impressed with the law school’s faculty members and their passionate and innovative approach to teaching the next generation of legal professionals.”

Y. P. Heung Foundation

In 2017, the Y. P. Heung Foundation donated $150,000 in support of the RISE Women’s Legal Centre, a partnership between the Allard School of Law and West Coast LEAF.

The RISE Women’s Legal Centre opened in the spring of 2016. It is the first of its kind in BC and focuses on providing low income women in the Lower Mainland with much-needed legal representation in family law and related areas.  This representation is provided by students from the Allard School of Law, under the supervision of a practicing lawyer.

“The Foundation and its advisors are proud to support a local program that helps women caught in the gap between being unqualified for legal aid and unable to afford a lawyer,” said Mr. Raymond Heung, Trustee of the Y. P. Heung Foundation.  “We learned that the genesis of the name ‘RISE’ is the hope that clients will be able to rise above difficult times by advancing their legal matters to resolution and this strongly resonates with the mission of the Foundation.”

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

In 2017, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin donated $100,000 in support of the Allard Prize for International Integrity. 

The Allard Prize is one of the world’s largest prizes dedicated to the fight against corruption and the protection of human rights (CAD $100,000).  It is awarded biennially to an individual, movement, or organization that has demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption or protecting human rights, especially through promoting transparency, accountability, and the Rule of Law.

“As a business and community leader, our firm is honoured to support this special award which reinforces the grounding in legal ethics and integrity that students receive at the Peter A. Allard School of Law,” said William Westeringh, QC, Managing Partner of Fasken Martineau in Vancouver.  “These are the essential building blocks that will equip the next generation of lawyers to champion human rights issues around the world.”

Ronald N. Stern (Class of ‘72)

In 2017, Mr. Ron Stern donated $500,000 to establish a new faculty position in the area of constitutional law.  This funding will be matched by the investment income generated from the Allard Faculty Recruitment and Retention endowment.

Stern’s donation is made in honour of The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C.  Chief Justice McLachlin is the longest serving Chief Justice of Canada, and the first woman to hold that distinguished position. Chief Justice McLachlin graduated as the gold medalist in her class at the University of Alberta, and practiced in Alberta and British Columbia before joining the law school at UBC in 1974 as a tenured Associate Professor.  After teaching at UBC for seven years, Chief Justice McLachlin began a meteoric rise through the judiciary. In April, 1981 she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. Over the course of the next seven years, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, followed by the British Columbia Court of Appeal, was subsequently appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and finally as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. On January 7, 2000 she was appointed Chief Justice of Canada by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.

“During my time at law school I was taught by inspiring and passionate professors who contributed to my understanding and appreciation for the law,” said Stern. “I am pleased to support the expansion of the faculty while at the same time paying tribute to the many outstanding contributions of the Chief Justice. My gift is also intended to assist the law school in moving to the next level as an educator and contributor to society.”

J. E. (Jack) Klinck, Q.C. (Class of ‘69)

Top: Glen Stratton, Dallas Tooshkenig, Michele Harden,
Paige Gardiner, Christopher Hiebert 
Bottom: Dean Catherine Dauvergne, Mr. J.E. Klinck QC,
Dana-Lyn Mackenzie, Patricia Barkaskas

In 2017, Jack Klinck donated $200,000 to provide $20,000 in annual bursary support for Indigenous law students over a ten year period.  The awards will be available to students who are enrolled in the law school’s Indigenous Legal Studies Program and who meet the award criteria.

Klinck believes in the value of education and the power it has to change a person’s life and to be a catalyst for success.  Coupled with his interest in reconciliation efforts to revitalize the relationship between Canada’s Indigenous peoples and other Canadians, Klinck chose to establish a bursary to support Indigenous students so they can go on to become leaders, making important contributions to the field of law and to society as a whole.  His donation was made in memory of the founding Dean of the law school, George F. Curtis, OC, OBC, QC who served as Dean from 1945 to 1971.

“During my time at law school I was aware of the many students who required financial aid,” said Klinck. “My gift is intended to provide this kind of support to law students with the particular aim of ensuring the success of Indigenous students.”

Norton Rose Fulbright

L-R: Cory Sully, Janet Grove, Liza Volpiana,
Michael Manhas, Charles Hurdon, Jenya Hammond

In 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright donated $250,000 to launch and support a new Corporate Counsel Student Externship Program over the next five years. The program will place upper year Juris Doctor students in business law externships (for credit) with corporate and non-profit organizations in Canada . By combining classroom study and practical experience working in leading organizations, the learners gain industry insight and business acumen. This program will also strengthen the outstanding educational programs offered by the law school’s Centre for Business Law. 

“Norton Rose Fulbright, through its recent merger with Bull Housser, has been a significant part of British Columbia’s business community for more than a century,” said Janet Grove, Managing Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Vancouver Office. “It is our objective to develop students and young lawyers not just in law, but also in business. This new externship program is in direct alignment with our shared objective with the Allard School of Law, making its launch a natural extension of our longstanding partnership.”

“As one of the fastest growing global law firms over the past five years, we are committed to supporting the next generation of legal practitioners at the local, national and global level,” said Charles Hurdon, Managing Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. “In partnering with the Allard School of Law on this initiative, we are pleased to play a more significant role in the development of top practitioners in Vancouver, one of Canada’s fastest growing economies and business centres.”

Robert P. Pirooz, Q.C. (Class of ’89)

2016 Bobinski Business Law Clinic

In 2016, Robert Pirooz donated $100,000 to enable the law school to continue to operate its Business Law Clinic through spring 2017.   The integrated program provides students with an opportunity to develop skills in an academic and supportive environment.  The Clinic provides business law advice to local entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profit organizations with limited financial resources.  Pirooz chose to name the Clinic in honour of former law school Dean, Professor Mary Anne Bobinski.  The 'Bobinski Business Law Clinic’ will bear Bobinski's name for the ensuing year.  
“The Bobinski Business Law Clinic acknowledges that, as medical schools have always known, academic classroom study combined with applied clinical learning produces scholars with enhanced abilities beyond the classroom.  This is the future of legal education as students are given a rare opportunity to observe, learn and apply business law” said Pirooz.  “As an educational tool, the Bobinski Clinic exceeds the minimum hurdle rate I apply to investments. The collateral benefit of business law services made available pro bono to entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit organizations cannot be overstated. Each is fundamental to a robust economy, happy citizens and a healthy community.”